The job changing process can be unpredictable. It can be exciting to be searching for a job that is perfect for you but it can also be time filled with uncertainty. In both cases, it is best to prepare yourself for this process, though preparation is more than just having a plan as even with the most detailed plan, unexpected challenges may arise. Are you prepared for the ups and downs of job change? Here are 3 things you should do when considering changing jobs.
LET GO OF UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS
It is important that you keep an open mind and be realistic. You may have entered the job changing process with a certain position or a certain company in mind. However, a position or company you did not consider previously might also be well suited for you and your career goals. Take the time to consider many options and narrow down to the ones that would be a good fit. Changing jobs can be a lengthy process, particularly if you are in a niche field, so go into the process with a realistic timeline in mind. We find that on average ,job change takes from 3 - 6 months, though this varies by industry, company, and position.
BE OPEN TO CRITICISM
It is possible that not everything will go according to plan; sometimes you may be turned down for a position you really wanted. Criticism and rejections from jobs can occur and can be discouraging. However, it is best to be open to these rejections and use them to improve yourself. The best way to do so is to reflect on any feedback you have received and to ask yourself what you can learn from this experience and how can you apply this new knowledge for the next time.
Pro Tip: Ask a recruiter for feedback on your resume and interview performance, they can help you come up with strategies on how to avoid those mistakes in the future.
UNDERSTAND YOUR MOTIVATIONS
Take the time to understand your strengths, weaknesses, and career motivations in order to find an opportunity and company that is a good match. What are your intrinsic and extrinsic motivators? What are your long term career goals? What do you value in an employer? Ask yourself these questions at the beginning of your job change to be strategic in the opportunities you apply for.
Taking the time to mentally prepare for a job change can help you handle unexpected challenges that may arise.
Be open to any opportunities that presents themselves. Though they might not be what you expect, they might be better suited for you and your goals.
Learn from any criticism or any rejections to better yourself for the next opportunity.
Be clear on your reasons for changing jobs to help you narrow down your search.